Sharpton, Thurmond, and Slavery Ties
In honor of the great, late night talk show host Arsenio Hall, here's something to make you say "hmmmm." It looks like political activist Al Sharpton, and late South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond are linked. It turns out Sharpton is a descendant of slaves, who were owned by Thurmond's relatives.
The revelation was made by the Daily News, after the tabloid traced Sharpton's roots. Thurmond was a segregationist who was against equal rights during the height of his political career, but he also fathered a bi-racial daughter.
Associated Press writer Adam Goldman quotes Sharpton as saying, "It was probably the most shocking thing in my life."